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RHS soph ranks among best riders in Wyoming

Aug 8, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Reece Prosser loves the thrill of motocross riding.

He enjoys getting into the air on the jumps while he is going around the track on his motocross bike.

His talent has made him one of the best youth motocross riders in the High Plains Motocross Association.

The HPMA is made up of riders from Wyoming and Montana.

Prosser will be a Riverton High School sophomore this fall.

"You don't have to worry about other people in motocross," said Prosser on Sunday during a HPMA race in Riverton. "It's you and your bike. Motocross is the best thing."

Prosser wants to be moved into the pro division.

"I was hoping to get in the pro division at the start of next year," Prosser said. "Hopefully I will get bumped up soon."

Prosser is currently in the 250 B class, schoolboy and amateur class.

"Fremont County motocross is pretty big because of getting track of the year so many times," Prosser said. "Rock Springs has a really popular track, but the rest of the tracks are OK." Prosser is the son of Mike Prosser and Heather Buckingham. His brother is Sheldon Buckingham, who was the 2011 adult rider of the year in HPMA.

"My family supports me pretty well," Prosser said.

"My brother helps me out a lot. He does most of the inside of the motor work on my bikes."

Prosser took part in a Gillette race two weeks ago.

"I had some bad starts last weekend in Gillette," Prosser said. "I messed up my knee a little bit. I ended up coming back. It has been a pretty good season so far."

Prosser was voted the 2011 youth rider of the year in the HPMA.

"It was very exciting to get the award," Prosser said. "I knew going from my 150 B, I needed to step things up. The bike was a step below from the bike that I use right now."

When Prosser isn't riding motocross, he is getting ready to play football for RHS. He also was on the wrestling team last winter.

Rankings

After Sunday's race in Riverton, Prosser is third in the HPMA standings in the 250 B class. Prosser has rolled up 300 points. Kelsey Patterson from Douglas is first at 374 points. Jonah Cook from Thermopolis is second (356 points). Prosser said Patterson is only 16 years old and is the main competitor.

"The 250 B is the toughest competition because there are more people there," Prosser said. "It's really like the same group there in all of the classes."

In the open amateur division, Prosser is in fourth place, scoring 246 points.

Patterson is first with 284 points.

Riverton's Kyle Cunningham stands third (263 points).

Prosser is third in the schoolboy division after putting together 337 points.

Patterson stands first at 392 points.

Cook checks in second (366 points). Cook finished first in the schoolboy race in Riverton. The schoolboy division is for high school aged riders.

The last competition of the season is Sunday, Aug. 18, in Gillette. The races are worth double points in the standings.

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